At just 15-years old, PIH Right to Health Care patient Samantha Cadet underwent open-heart surgery at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York. Partners In Health flew Samantha from Haiti in late January and accompanied her through the lifesaving process.

Samantha’s story and the work of PIH and medical staff at Golisano Children's Hospital captured the attention of local TV news stations in Syracuse.

“She was a sickly child. She was a young girl and her mother took her to a Haitian doctor who said she had a life-threatening condition and said there’s nothing you can do about it in Haiti,” Owen Robinson of Partners in Health told WSYR-TV.

After four hours of extensive surgery and seven days of recovery, Samantha is on her way to visit friends at the Partners In Health Boston office, before heading home to Haiti.

Click below to watch the full news stories of Samantha Cadet:

"Teen gets lifesaving surgery in Syracuse"
"Haitian teen receives life-saving surgery at Golisano Children's Hospital"
"Haitian teen returns home with a new heart and a new love for Central New York"